- Keep in mind that your pace will be slower than road running because of the hills and constantly changing running surface. That's okay. Don't worry about it.
- Shorten your stride compared to how you run on the road.
- Keep some space between you and the runner in front of you so you can keep a good view of what's coming up on the trail.
- Stay focused. As soon as you stop paying attention to what you're doing, you will sprain an ankle or get a mouth full of dirt. (Yes, lesson learned the hard way.)
I was also impressed by the smooth finesse of Aimee Langston (with some loving coaching from her husband Josh in the background):
Followed by Ultraspire Cool Kid On The Block Cherie Santiago. She eats pogo sticks for breakfast:
At the turnaround point some runners decided to go farther. I took a splinter group on a side trail to show them an amazing overlook. Thanks to the self-timer, you can't see that we're standing on the edge of a cliff. I am ever so grateful that my wife standing next to me decided she wouldn't push me off:
Cherie and Karrie Nielson were screaming down the trail so fast that I barely had time to take a picture of them mid-stride. This picture was in no way staged. I promise. No way. (At least by me.)
I had lots of fun talking with friends like Alex Santiago and Logan Murphy during the run. It made our seven miles go by very quickly.
One of the runners suggested we should get a group jumping picture. We caught as much air as a jumping filing cabinet:
I can't figure out if my friend Jason Smith on the far left is Spiderman or a ninja. Either way, I wouldn't want to mess with him. I had so much fun on our totally casual, no-pressure, introductory trail run. The only thing that needs to be changed is to have donuts at the end. Next time. Next time.